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Update: Congress formally approves 6-month extension

September 16, 2011 by · Comments Off on Update: Congress formally approves 6-month extension
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Source:  AASHTO Journal, Sept. 16, 2011

The United States Senate put its formal stamp of approval on extending the federal highway program for another six months.  PHIA reported earlier this week that Congressional leaders were close to making a deal to delay the reauthorization of the nation’s highway program until March 2012 rather than address the issue this fall.

That deal came to fruition late last night when the Senate voted 92-6 to send President Barack Obama a measure extending authorization at current funding levels for federal highway and transit programs until March 31.  Also part of the bill was an extension for federal aviation programs until Jan. 31.  The House of Representatives passed the bill by voice vote earlier in the week without any debate.  Read more

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Study updates mileage-based fee status

March 28, 2011 by · Comments Off on Study updates mileage-based fee status
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Before implementing a mileage-based fee structure to fund the nation’s highway system, there must be more comprehensive testing of the approach, as well as coordination of the testing, according to a study by Rand Corp.

The study outlines three frameworks for development of a mileage-based system: driven by states, by the Federal Government or by the free market. Read more

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Cumberland County bridge project receives national award

July 13, 2010 by · 4 Comments
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The state Department of Transportation and North Middleton Township, Cumberland County received national recognition for its Spring Road Bridge Replacement Project.  The award was presented as part of the America’s Transportation Awards program sponsored by the American Association of State Highway Officials (AASHTO).  The project was recognized as the “Best Recovery Act Project” among the small project category.   Read more

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AASHTO report examines freight system

July 12, 2010 by · 1 Comment
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The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials received widespread attention last week for a report concluding that freight demands in America are reaching crisis proportions. Read more